Worming Programme

Worming Programme

A ‘blanket’ approach to worm control in horses can no longer be justified.

Wormwise recognise that each horse is an individual, whether on a big livery yard or in your back garden, and provides tailored advice for each horse.

Wormwise provides a cost effective service that worries about effective worm control for you, so all you have to do is send us a fresh poo sample (in the bag we provide) each time and wait for your call with any future recommendations.

Worm resistance is a problem on a global level but also potentially on a private yard where wormers are used frequently.

  • Some horse have been found with high worm burdens despite regular worming.
  • There is evidence of resistance developing even in the newest wormers and there are no new ones being developed.
  • Since the first wormer was introduced in the 60’s resistance has been gradually increasing.
  • Rotation of wormers does not actually slow the development of resistance.
  • 80% of horses naturally have very low worm burdens, so we are worming them unnecessarily.

Faecal worm egg count (WEC) have been recognised as an important tool in horse worming for some time. Wormwise adapts the frequency depending on each individual’s risk. When horses have persistently high worm burdens or very high burdens we should check the wormer is working and there is no resistance. Wormwise will calculate the effectiveness of the wormer with a second WEC two weeks following treatment.

By only worming the minority of horses that have a high WEC, it reduces the number of potentially resistant eggs being shed onto the pasture by treated horses to only 2% but still reduces the total egg shedding by 96%.

Worming is required for all horses in autumn to prevent larvae encysting in the intestines over winter, as well as treating bots and tapeworms. Wormwise will automatically provide you with an effective wormer for these larvae and tapeworms at the correct time.

Tapeworms have been traditionally treated twice a year. A new test you will be provided with in spring can check for evidence of them in saliva as most horses won’t need treating.

Remember- good management is still required: frequent poo-picking (at least twice weekly), co-grazing with cattle and sheep, stable smaller grazing groups if possible, dose horses correctly when worming, young horses need extra care (ask us for advice) and ideally all new horses should be isolated for 2-3 weeks and during this time they can have WEC done and treated if required.

For further information or if you’d like to join our worming programme please contact the office on 01749 830666 or alternatively email us on info@sepvets.com.

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